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Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Lollipops

Peppermint Christmas lollipops

Peppermint Christmas lollipops

Last week I went on a bit of a holiday chocolatemaking binge. In a couple of days, I made chocolate bars, candied chocolate-dipped grapefruit peels, and these peppermint lollipops. I only intended to make green pops with white chocolate, but they turned out so well that I decided to experiment with dark chocolate and red gel coloring, too!

I ended up two batches of lollipops, one in red (dipped in dark chocolate) and the other in green (dipped in white chocolate). Then, I flavored the pops with natural peppermint oil, and finished each one with a sprinkling of crushed peppermint candy.

These delightful peppermint lollipops make a great addition to a Christmas care package. They’re perfect stocking stuffers, and look lovely tied atop wrapped presents, too!

Peppermint Christmas lollipops

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Chocolate-Dipped Salted Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Seed Brittle

I made a batch of this chocolate-dipped salted pumpkin seed brittle candy a few weeks ago. Turns out, it was such a huge hit with friends and co-workers (a few weeks have passed, and people are still mentioning it to me!) that I decided to post the recipe so that others can try their hand at making pumpkin seed brittle at home.

This autumn treat is the perfect blend of crunchy, sweet, and salty. I started by making a lightly salted pumpkin seed brittle (a twist on traditional nut brittle). Then, I cracked it into pieces. I dipped the pieces in Belgian dark chocolate from Santa Barbara Chocolate and finished each one with a sprinkle of crushed pepitas.

The result? A sweet and crunchy pumpkin seed brittle, perfect for sharing the flavors of fall!

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Homemade Candy Corn for National Candy Corn Day!

Homemade candy corn

It’s autumn in New York City. The leaves are changing and there is a chill in the air. Halloween is tomorrow, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Changing leaves in Riverside Park

Changing leaves in Riverside Park on New York’s Upper West Side.

In addition to being Halloween Eve, today also happens to be a holidayNational Candy Corn Day! What better time to post my recent adventures in homemade candy corn?

I actually made this candy a week or so ago, and since then I’ve been asked for the recipe on multiple occasions. Even people who don’t generally like candy corn seem to like the homemade version. Unlike store-bought candy corn, which always has that weird-slightly-unplaceable-highly-artificial flavor, homemade candy corn tastes just like vanilla.

I didn’t create this recipe; it’s the one from Alton Brown’s website, which I followed pretty closely. The only change I made came during the assembly process:

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